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A System of Penal Law for the United States of America: Consisting.
1828 - "The Most Comprehensive and Enlightened System of Criminal Law that has Ever been Presented to the World" Livingston, Edward [1764-1836]. A System of Penal Law for the United States of America: Consisting of A Code of Crimes and Punishments; A Code of Procedure in Criminal Cases; A Code of Prison Discipline; and A Book of Definitions. Prepared and Presented to the House of Representatives of the United States. Printed by Order of the House of Representatives. Washington, D.C.: Printed by Gales & Seaton, 1828. x, [1], 142, 187, 45, 21 pp. [Bound with] Introductory Report to the Code of Reform and Prison Discipline [New Orleans: Printed by Benjamin Levy, c.1827]. 71 pp. Overall collation: x, 142, 187, 71, 45, 21 pp. Folio (12" x 7-3/4"). Recent period-style three-quarter calf over marbled boards, raised bands, lettering piece, and blind and gilt ornaments to spine, endpapers renewed, hinges reinforced. Moderate toning to text, light foxing to a few leaves, heavier foxing to endleaves. $3,750. * First edition. Livingston's criminal codes for Louisiana and the United States mark an epoch in the broad international movement for penal reform. Profoundly influenced by Bentham, they stressed prevention over vengeance. These codes were never adopted, but they were profoundly influential. "[I]t is probably safe now to say that these Codes embody the most comprehensive and enlightened system of criminal law that has ever been presented to the world. They constitute a thesaurus from which the world has ever since been drawing ideas and principles. The Code of Reform and Prison Discipline is especially striking from its breadth of its view, and in some particulars its wisdom is yet in advance of even the present age" (Hicks). Bound in the correct place, the Introductory Report in our copy is the version printed to accompany the Louisiana Code. The text is identical in both codes; the only difference is the pagination. (The text in the U.S. Code is 51 pp; that of the Louisiana Code is 71 pp.) Hicks, Men and Books Famous in the Law 180. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 10311, 10344. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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